Boiling Water!

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1964 gas

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“They say that if you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out right away to escape the danger. But, if you put a frog in a kettle that is filled with water that is cool and pleasant,
and then you gradually heat the kettle until it starts boiling, the frog will not become aware of the threat until it is too late.” This story is one I have heard used for different reasons. But something that I was recently thinking about was our culture.

All around us things are changing…cars, politics, what is “cool”. Most of these changes we ignore or just accept as part of life. In 1964, gas cost only $0.30 a gallon… today, the price sits at about $3.00, which we are grateful for considering the past few years.  This is one of the things which we are aware of and complain about, but there are many things that have changed and we don’t really notice.

Fashion… clothing has changed drastically in the past 50 years… hemlines have risen, necklines have dropped, the idea of beauty has totally changed.  These changes have happened so gradually, that we really did not pay much attention… we accepted it.

Media… the songs we listen to, the movies we watch, the books that we read.  These industries have changed our lives.  The words placed into the media, the images and actions shown in the movies, the themes which pervade all of these, if this had happened all at once, we would never have allowed it, but because it was little by little, we did not notice and have accepted it as normal.

We need to jump out… just because it has become normal does not mean that it should be continued.  The clothes that we wear, the entertainment we partake in, we should compare them with what we really think is right.  We have to see the degradation around us, we have to feel the heat and not be boiled alive.  Our culture should not be changing who we are, we should be changing the culture.  Look around, take notice and jump out of the boiling water, before it is too late.

 

 

 

 

 

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Butterflies and Hurricanes

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The Butterfly Effect has many different meanings. The principle was started with an idea : a butterfly simply flapping its wings can create a hurricane halfway around the world. The theory is: the wind effected by the wings increases as it travels and has a larger effect on everything around it.

This principle is also true in life. Everything we do has meaning. Large and Small, special and everyday, we are effecting others. Most often we will never know when, where, or how we impact someone else, but we do. Each person and their life matters. Best selling author Andy Andrews wrote a short book about how on person’s life effects another. This video clip is him explaining and telling the butterfly effect on one person’s life.

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Beautifully Exhausted

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I love the feeling ending a day having done everything and enjoyed the time.  My day today included bike rides to get donuts, fresh made donuts, shopping, swimming, boat rides and lots of my aunt’s wonderful food.

Each moment of the day was full of fun.  Playing with my two young cousins kept me pretty busy, but it is never a dull moment.  As I sit on the couch, looking at the water I realize that I am beautifully exhausted.  I could fall asleep right now, but it has been a wonderful day and I wouldn’t trade in a minute of it for more energy.

We should live each moment we have to the fullest.  We should end each day beautifully exhausted and not look back one day and think of everything we should have done.

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Splashes of Color

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Purple FlowersPink FlowersCities can be interesting places; buildings on every side, concrete parks and cars all over.  One thing that I enjoy about the city is finding flowers in random places.

 

Right now the Crape Myrtle trees are blooming right now and the splashes of color that they provide against the gray city is something that I love.

Gift #10. Flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Days End

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I was walking home today and the sun was just setting. The beauty was stunning and was not done justice by the picture I snapped. Sometime the ending of things is seen as sad or unwelcome, but God in His greatness gave us something amazing at each days end. Beautiful and inspiring is the close of day and is a moment that will never be recreated.

Gift #9. Sunsets

Sunset

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One Step At a Time

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I can’t!!

This was thought that went through my head as I was running yesterday.  I had reached the halfway point, I was sweating like a pig and the heat was oppressive.

My mom encouraged me to keep going and we did.  With each step, I wanted to stop, I wanted to sit down and quit, but one step at a time we went forward to the end.

In our lives, we often think… I can’t. I can’t take this job another day, I can’t achieve my dream. But we don’t see the path and we may never see the path, but we just have to take a step.

We are told in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We just have to take each step in faith and trust God. Step by step we will move along the path and toward the destination He has for us.

Don’t look at how far you have to go, just take one step at a time.

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1000 Gifts

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1000 GiftsThere is a book by Ann Voskamp and she talks  about how she listed out 1000 things for which she is thankful… 1000 gifts that have been given to her.  There are so many things around us each day that we often don’t even see.

I want to start sharing the things that I am grateful for and I would challenge you to do the same.  For me, it helps me to see what is around me, the beauty, the unique, the unexpected…  It creates in me a wonder at how I missed these gifts before.

Gratitude can change our lives, lets start by looking at the gifts that have been given to us.

1000 Gifts
#1. Warm, Sunny Days.

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Happiness

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Happy      I had a conversation yesterday with an older gentleman and he said something that really struck me. He said that we should not get all caught up in the go, go, go of America. He said to take time to enjoy life and to do what makes you happy. Now this idea is not so radical, but look at America… We try to live the American Dream, we try to have the prefect little family in a perfect little home, we have a duty to do this, that, and the other… We rush around in pursuit of “the dream”. But I wonder… could we be giving up our real dreams to make money, to get where we are told we are supposed to be”.

                I have been blessed to have parents who support me in everything I do, encouraged to do what makes me happy. I have been blessed, to do what makes me happy. But even now, I feel the pressures of the world saying to get a job, make money. We know that happiness cannot be bought, but we have to choose to do what actually makes us happy, makes our lives fulfilling. The phrase “Happy, Happy, Happy” has been made popular by Phil Robertson on the Duck Dynasty. Some might believe his money makes him happy, but it seems to me that his happiness comes from trusting God and choosing to do what makes him happy. Maybe he’s on to something…

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Rain

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Mountains During a Storm

Mountains During a Storm

Growing up, I lived in a hardwood rainforest. No kidding, you can check it out here. Freshman year of college, it rained so much that I wore out my brand new rain boots. So, I’ve seen a lot of rain. Why do I mention this? Well, to many people rain is just an annoyance, but there is beauty in the rain too.

Rain Brings Life

With each storm that comes through, the earth is given life. The plants are nourished and this starts the food chain. Recently when I was in Florida, I saw the beauty of Rain Lilies. These Lilies only come after deep hard rains. April showers do indeed bring May flowers.

Rain Brings Change

            Rain also signifies a change. A changes of season: the ending of winter, the beginning of summer. The rain changes the world… watch a storm, the rain makes visible things, before unseen… the wind, distance between spaces, specific light beams.

Storms are unique, the smell of rain, the fog or lighting that come too, or the slow drizzle that begs you to sit by the fire with a book. Storms change in an instant, I experienced this just yesterday. I had to run from a building to my car and in the process became completely soaked. Two minutes down the road, it was like someone flipped a switch… the rain stopped. It was truly amazing.

Rain Cleanses

As the drops fall from the sky, the earth is cleansed and the air is purified. The dirt is washed away and the pollen grounded and swept away too. It is often after the rain that allergies start to subside. It is like the earth “takes a shower”.

Hosea 6:3

English Standard Version “Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

Christ is like rain… Jesus gave His life and in that process, we were cleansed, changed and given new life. Some people go around life thinking that Christ and Christianity are just a nuisance, rules to follow, condemnation, in general, unpleasant. But the gift he gave saved the world although many overlook it. Just like the rain, the beauty is present to those who look. Cleansed of sin, changed into His heirs, given eternal life with Him.

 

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Thankful For the Little Things

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It has been a rough day. I was supposed to fly home from Florida today and, because of a car wreck, I missed my flight. As it would happen, the airport was small and I would not be able to leave today. I had a… MELT DOWN.  However, as I was standing in the airport, I thought… be grateful for little things.  I then realized how blessed I truly am.

  • I was not in the car wreck.
  • I will get to spend another day with my cousin.
  • The nice supervisor transferred my ticket for free.

 These were the obvious things. Then I thought of the not so obvious.

  • I am able to travel.
  • While I will rush, I won’t miss critical events.
  • I will not be in the airport all night.
  • I have air-conditioning.

 Everything could have been worse.

    I also know that God has everything happen for a reason. It may be crazy and I may never know why, but this does not mean I have to be crabby and complaining. I realized the difference these little things can make when talking to the airline ticketing supervisor. The moment I said, “Thank you for your help,” his face change. He looked shocked. I realized there are multiple people that missed their flight, crabby, upset and worried and the fact that someone could be thankful was unusual. This challenges me: be thankful for little things, look beyond the surface. It is not enough to be resigned, we have to embrace the situation and bring the best out of it. Be thankful for all the little things in your life and your situation. It sure beats melting down.

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